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Pies, Pies, Everywhere Pies

Although they did not invent wrapping overcooked meat with puffy pastry in New Zealand they have elevated it to an arf form and turned it into the food of choice at nearly every restaurant, food stand and gas station…. Dax found sausage rolls, Anne liked the steak pies as long as she found real meat in them, and I would eat and enjoy any of them…. Despite the roadside claims to the contrary of many other cafe’s we found the best pies in New Zeaand at the Cafe in the Waitangi treaty grounds, which we visited on our third day in New Zealand…. With the incredible number of sheep roaming the countryside, I was surprised to see they had not institutionalized lamb as a fast food, similar to the way American’s have turned beef into an instant meal in almost every country on this planet.

Coins or Keychains? Both.

I just started on our last day at New Zealand, and I already have 4 (see the picture below)…. You know how in the last post there was only currency coins, well now I’m collecting souvenir coins, too. Here in Australia they have machines like the penny smashing machines in the US, except you put in 2$ coins ( 1.50 US) and it shoots out (it literally shoots it out, Kieran got hit in the chest with his…. Except the 50 don’t have states on ’em. I like how all the coins have animals on it (notice in the ten there’s a snake, and the 20 has a platypus).

Kiwi Oblivion

After a trip to Kelly Tarlton’s Antarctic Encounter and Underwater World and Dax’s big bungy jump off the Auckland Harbor Bridge, we decided to finish our tour of New Zealand with a visit to the Auckland Museum. Here we learned once and for all why these mysterious islands were for so long populated only by…

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Jumping Off Bridges

As some of you may know from my last post, I’ve wanted to sky dive this entire trip and of course the parents say no, but they did consent to letting me do the next best thing, bungy jumping. On the last day we had in New Zealand I had the opportunity to jump off…